Every year in May, several villages in our town hold a rocket festival. Big boys (men) build their rockets out of pvc pipes and home-made gun powder. They entern a contest on whose rocket will stay up in the air the longest. We took our student center kids to see some rockets one Sunday afternoon. Ed does rocketry as a hobby and hope to one day enter a contest too.
We seriously thought those people were going to stand back and AWAY from the rocket as they light that thing up. We were wrong!
See how close those people are to the rocket??? I had my zoom lens on for this shot! The sound alone was deafening.